Elder Trey Hafen
chapter 17:The progression in Zionsville
Zionsville has been quite a journey so far. I have learned more doctrine and taught more doctrine in this area than my last. The people here are more of a process but that is okay. That is why it is so amazing that we are different in our own ways. As I was at a baptism this weekend the mission president came over and talked to me and my Companion. I told the mission president that my area is like a run-heavy offense but I choose to pass the ball instead of running it. I love using football analogies. So I told him that I've been choosing to play toward my strengths instead of the weaknesses of the area. Just like when you have a run heavy offense you stick to the run game. I've been seeing some Attraction as I'm playing towards my strengths. Football and the gospel are very similar in the way you're going over the basics. There's so much to learn but it is not deep nor hidden. I really appreciate the atonement and how Jesus Christ's grace can make us whole. As I was teaching John he wanted to learn about grace vs works. It was truly amazing to review the basics of the grace of Jesus Christ.
"The miracle of the atonement is not just that we can be cleansed and consoled but that we can be transformed." -Brad Wilcox
The Larsen family is a big help to John progression in the gospel. John is a senior in highschool and a really smart man. He really loves to go deep into the basis of the gospel. Not only has he's learning but I'm also learning something new in the basics as well. I'm very grateful that I get to work with John and that he gets to experience and learn the restored gospel of Jesus Christ today. Also me and John have some common ground in politics as well. This area is very interesting in the sense that I'm learning a lot about different Christian backgrounds of certain beliefs. Not only that, I run into a lot of Muslims whose belief system is very interesting. But President Riding also talked about that Indiana is a place big on Christian values. In the devotional he mentioned president Trump and how he was a loud new yorker and won the republican nomination but he needed the Evangelicals vote to help him. So president Trump came to Indiana and got Mike pence and the rest is history. Fun fact: Mike pence is in the area next to me. But anyways back to the basics. It is so interesting what other Christians believe. Today we went over to Jon's house to check up on him. We only had 1 lesson with him and we hope that we can plant the seed and it can grow. but he does go to another church which can be difficult. As we were there he let us join him and his family to check the sap they were collecting to make syrup. we got to get to know him and his children better. It was so awesome to be in the countryside and hold a cat that roams in the hay and catches the critters. I'm so thankful that we have such a beautiful world that we can see the amazing colors of the seasons, have bonds with animals, and get to enrich ourselves with the amazing resources the earth provides. but as they were making the fire to boil the sap he asked "how do you gain salvation"? I told him you need to baptise. Then he told me his church belief on gaining salvation. it more a faith belief and it turned into faith vs works. Brother and sister faith vs works is very interesting to study. You are not saved with faith nor works but with the grace of Jesus Christ you are saved. salvation: To be saved from both physical and spiritual death. All people will be saved from physical death by the grace of God, through the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Each individual can also be saved from spiritual death by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ. This faith is manifested in a life of obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel and service to Christ. Faith is required in the gospel of Jesus Christ but it is not what saves you or your works but it helps you lead yourself to Christ. I talked about the gospel of Jesus Christ in one of my emails a couple of weeks ago. PMG- "The gospel of Jesus Christ includes all the doctrine, principles, laws, commandments, ordinances, and covenants necessary for our salvation and exaltation.
The gospel message is that we can access the saving, redeeming power of Jesus Christ. We do this by exercising faith in Him, repenting, being baptized, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end". I'm very grateful for the savior's grace that we can become whole through him.
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed
My chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures
Also today we got to go to another friend of mine by the name of MacArthur aka Mac. Elder Gutke and I are trying to get him ready for baptism. We taught him the plan of salvation. but he came from a rough past. His family right now is trying to adopt him and it is complicated. From what I heard he's been doing better. in lessons he can be disrespectful to his sibling and can be a goofy goober at times. As we were teaching him the plan of salvation he was having a hard time paying attention. His mom is a great teacher but she mentioned his past. but I asked what happened. she told us and it was very sad. MacArthur lost a close family friend at a young age and is very scared from it. Well, I knew a young boy that lost a loved one at a young age and told him why the plan of salvation is important. He got serious and the spirit entered. I told MacArthur your friend is not dead but he is progressing in the next life. He asked if it was going to be hard to find him in the next life, but I said it won't be hard to search for your loved one because they will be there waiting for your arrival. He felt at peace when he heard he could see his loved one again. He started to understand God's plan for us. I felt his pain of losing his loved one that he lost, but that's why it is important to be baptised and gain salvation to have eternal life. We need to do our part of living the gospel of Jesus Christ and enduring to the end. Our loved ones are not dead, they are progressing in the next life. The most taught lesson in the Book of Mormon is the plan of salvation and why it's important in this life to live with an eternal perspective. 2 Nephi 31:20 "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and all men. Wherefore, If ye he shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the father: Ye shall have eternal life". I'm very grateful for the plan of salvation and that we get to see our loved ones again. General Douglas MacArthur said "There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity." Brother and sisters we have the opportunity to gain salvation and be saved through the grace of Jesus Christ. There is no security on this earth but there is salvation. the things you own may matter in this hour but it will not be there with you in the next life. I can bare my testimony as we press forward and keep our covenants with thee we will be protected from the advisory. that we can have eternal life as we endure to the end. Jesus is the Christ, he is at the head of this church. He loves you and knows you. He lives and will return again. in the name of Jesus Christ amen.
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